Thursday, October 8, 2009

Anne Frank: An Examination of a Young Author and Her Legacy

A 1996 survey of classrooms across the country found that Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was at one point required reading for fifty percent of students.

As Francine Prose explains, teachers often find that this ubiquitous text does not “teach itself.” In her new book, Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, Ms. Prose approaches Anne’s diary as more than simply the inner thoughts of a girl, but rather the literary work of a young artist. A teacher herself and author of a number of critically-acclaimed literary works as well as the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, Prose delivers a thoughtful and in-depth analysis of this book and its legacy. Part literary critique, part historical analysis, part author biography, Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife is an illuminating study of the legacy of one of the most enduring books of the 20th century.

“A lively and illuminating disquisition....an impressively far-reaching critical work, an elegant study both edifying and entertaining. In a book full of keen observations and fascinating disputes...Ms. Prose looks in all directions to find noteworthy material...This is a Grade A example of what a smart, precise and impassioned teacher can do.” –New York Times

“Prose is commanding and illuminating...definitive, deeply moving inquiry into the life of the young, imperiled artist.... Extraordinary testimony to the power of literature and compassion.” —Booklist (starred review)

If you would like to consider this book for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you have already assigned the book as required reading, please order a desk copy.

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